Re-Sick: The Sick Daze Saga Continues

Okay, so, I’ve been a little MIA. I could totes blame work/school/homework, but instead I am going to blame my immune system. In my last post, I complained about being sick, and, well, I’m still sick ūüė≠.

Honestly, I thought it was only a short little end-of-summer-beginning-of-fall cold. I had a sore throat and some sinus pressure for a couple days, and then it all kind of dissipated into a mild cough. By Monday, I was on the upswing and feeling way better. Enter: Tuesday. My cough got worse. I went for a run that I probably shouldn’t have. During my past week of sick, I continued working out, I went for 2 short (less than 4 miles) runs, but mostly stuck to strength-focused with little cardio Nike Training Club workouts. I always felt better after working out, but maybe it would have been better to just…not workout. At least for a couple days. Or just do yoga or something less strenuous than strength training. Ah, well, live and learn, right?

Since I am “re-sick” I finally took my ass to the doctor. He prescribed me an antibiotic and told me to get some nasal spray and Robutussin for my symptoms. Please work modern medicine,¬†please.

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Rite Aid haul!!!!!!

The biggest issue with being sick is that it makes me want to do nothing.¬†I don’t mean in the physical sense, obviously I was able to exercise, but in the mental sense. Working out requires very little thought, but homework requires a lot. Sinus pressure + piles of reading is not a good combination. Now that the sinus pressure is back, textbook reading once again feels like even more of a chore than normal.

I’ve also been making some food choices based on being sick. Obviously, Vitamin C is at the top of my list (even though the jury’s out on whether or not that’s helpful). So I’ve been munchin’ on some oranges.¬†Honestly, fruit in general have been a go-to since it’s east to pack for snacks at school.

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I’ve also found myself eating more oatmeal in the past week. It’s filling, delicious, and doesn’t bother my throat (especially when it’s warm).

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Looks like death (kind of like how I feel), but it’s Chocolate PB overnight oats, so it tastes a lot better than death.

Smoothie bowls have also been consumed. Fruit nutrient power + smooth consistency + being relatively cold has been good on my throat as well.

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PB & J Smoothie bowl: 1/2 a frozen banana + 3/4 cup(ish) frozen mixed berries + 2 tbsp PB2 + 1/2 cup(ish) unsweetened vanilla almond milk + handful of baby spinach + 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Of course, I can’t live without salad, so those have been a staple as well. Plus, I’m telling myself all the nutrients in the vegetables have healing power. Not sure how accurate that is considering now I’m on antibiotics, but nothing comes between me and my salads.

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Salad power, heal me!!!!!

So hopefully with the addition of antibiotics I’ll be on the upswing. Definitely not going to exercise today, and I doubt I will tomorrow. Hopefully by Saturday I can ease back into it with yoga.¬†My focus is on NOT BEING SICK anymore. Secondary focus: posting more often. Getting sick totally threw me out of my school/work routine that I really hadn’t even gotten into yet.¬†Sigh.¬†I love a routine so that really sucks.

Okay, I’ve complained enough. What’s up with you guys?

P.S. I’m linking up today’s post with Amanda from Running With Spoons. Thanks for hosting Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

Questions for you lovely humans:

1. Have you ever been “re-sick?”

2. What are your go-to sick foods?

3. How much time off from working out do you usually take when you’re sick?

BYEEEEE

Julie

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Sick Dazeeee

*Cough* I’m sick.

Me RN, only for real (source)

I went to bed Tuesday night with a mildly sore throat, and by Wednesday the sick had hit. I was working a double and just felt worse and worse as the day wore on. I came home at 5:30, slept until 7:30, ate, and was back in bed (with NyQull) by 10:30.

Thursday was my day off and I was going to get SO MUCH DONE. A long run, fix my headlight (which has been out for longer that I’m willing to admit), and go to campus to get my student ID, pass in some health forms, and explore a little. Sigh, even the best layed plans…

Instead, Thursday was basically just napping interspersed with eating.

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S/O to oatmeal, egg scrambles, and smoothie bowls for not hurting my throat and apparently being “foods that are good to eat when you have a cold” according to Google.

I have been able to workout a bit, as post-workout is usually when I feel my best when I’m sick. Both yesterday and today I fit in some not super intense Nike Training Club workouts. Sadly, running/prolonged cardio was not happening.

Today, I was a double at work once again. After 7 hours, I hit the wall (and the DayQull had worn off, also I’ve never taken DayQull before and it’s pretty awesome while it lasts). I felt so bad asking to leave early once again, but there were more than enough people on takeout, so my boss was fine with me leaving. I’ve never actually called out sick before, but I still feel bad even for leaving a little early because I’m not feeling well. Meh.

So, basically, woe is me. I’m sick and I don’t like it. I have so many things to do, but being sick just makes me want to do absolutely none of it. Fingers crossed that a low-key night and lots of sleep for the next couple days will do the trick. Sadly, I’ll have to wake up for work, but I have to be ready for my first full week of balancing classes/work/homework/life next week.

Oh, and speaking of homework….I should probably get started on what I have right now…but my sick brain is telling me Netflix is more important. OY VEY.

Really, I just have a cold and I’m being a baby about it.

Have a great weekend everyone, don’t get sick!

Questions for you lovely readers:

1. Do you workout when you’re sick?¬†I try to because it usually makes me feel better, but I always keep it pretty light, some easy strength work, yoga, or a nice walk is what I’m into.

2. How do you handle being sick?¬†Are you a “grin and bear it, it’s not that bad” person (I envy your strength), or a bit more, um, sensitive, like me?

3. What is one fun thing you have planned for the weekend? Let me live vicariously through you!

BYEEEEE

Julie

First Day of Classes Jitters + Weekly Workouts

Greetings! Hope everyone had a FAB long weekend. While I spent most of my time working, I did go out in Boston for my friend Steph’s 22nd birthday on Saturday. They played 22 by Tay Tay at the bar for her, and obvi we were in all our glory dancing to her.

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Also, when I got home from Boston I was drunk-craving¬†something salty (don’t worry, we had a DD, not trying to drink and drive). Sadly, there was no pizza in the fridge (probably for the best, TBH). So….I made a ham sandwich wrap? And then took a picture for this blog? I don’t know why but I just think it’s funny.

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For drunk me, making a ham sandwich is akin to making a gourmet holiday feast.

ANYWAY, today was my first day of actual, in-class grad school (cue Finding Nemo “first day of school! first day of school!”). I don’t think I’ve ever been so anxious for a first day of classes in my life. It was totally a combo of the annoying commute (I parked at a T station outside of Boston and took the T in, but I’m thinking I may just drive there from now on, we’ll see), being unfamiliar with the campus (I had only ever been there once before), and not knowing anyone who went there. Even on my first day of undergrad classes, I was already familiar with campus from living there for a few days, and I had friends I had made at school as well as familiar faces from high school.

Felt a bit like Cady Heron pre-plastics today (gif source).

Honestly, I can’t say it was the¬†best first day. I was a little fried and felt gross because it was suuuuper hot out, and I was intimidated to really talk to anyone. My first class is a large Research Methods class that has a bunch of different counseling grad students in it. Luckily, my second class was a lot smaller and only had school counseling students in it. We did an icebreaker I didn’t actually hate (rare for those damn first day icebreaker games), and chatted with one of my classmates on part of my commute home on the T. The commute and being on campus just makes me want to move to Boston even¬†more.¬†Oy vey.

Also, I totes meant to take a picture of my first day OOTD (not that it was anything special/super trendy), but in all of my anxiety I completely forgot. I’m sure more school day OOTDs will be coming, especially as fall starts (which is by far the best season fashion-wise, IMO).

So to add to this hodge-podge post, I figure I’ll throw my weekly workouts in here as well!

WEEKLY WORKOUTS:

MONDAY: A humid 3.8 mile run (9:31 pace) + Blogilates Natural Butt Lift and 10 Minute Abs videos

TUESDAY: Hot yoga

WEDNESDAY: Rest

THURSDAY: First post-half marathon long run! 7.8 miles (9:46 pace)

FRIDAY: Nike Training Club True Condition W/O + Blogilates 8 min Abs and Obliques video

SATURDAY:¬†3.8 mile run (9:26 pace) + Tone It Up Lift and Tone Booty Routine video + Blogilates Muffintop Massacre and Victoria’s Secret Model Ab W/O¬†videos

SUNDAY: Total body strength at the gym

MONDAY:¬†Random Blogilates abs and obliques day from the August calendar (side note: still haven’t received my September calendar password…I don’t really follow the calendar but I like having it for inspiration) + Yoga for Runners 30 minute routine on the Yoga Studio app

I’ve been liking my workout routine lately. I know Wednesday is going to be my rest day and Thursday is going to be my long run day. I also know that I want to fill the other days up with two shorter runs + a little bit of toning work after, two days of strength (at the gym or at home on the NTC app or something), and one day of yoga (preferably hot yoga). I kind of base this part around my schedule and how I am feeling each day. It’s the perfect amount of structure and freedom.

QUESTIONS FOR Y’ALL:

1. When was your most nerve racking/anxiety-ridden first day of school?

2. Do you schedule out all of your workouts for the week in advance, or do it a little more loosey-goosey? I suppose I fall somewhere in the middle.

3. What is the weirdest drunk-food (or drunchie) you’ve eaten?¬†Considering my go-to drunchie is leftover pizza or, like, something super easy like cereal, the fact that I made a ham wrap is pretty impressive.

BYEEEEE

Julie

Friday Favorites: Peaches and Protein

Friday is upon us once again, huzzah! Not to mention, it’s a holiday weekend! While that doesn’t really mean¬†too much to me, since I’ll still be working, 3-day weekends still are pretty exciting. Especially since it means my first real day of class is on Tuesday rather than Monday (thus, I only have one day of classes this week, siiiiick).

Of course, Friday = favorites, so here are a few Friday faves to ring in Labor Day weekend (and unofficially ring in fall…meh). I’m linking up with Heather and Jill. Thanks for hosting!

PEACHES

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There are few things more delicious than a ripe, juicy peach. They’re in season and therefore cheap at the grocery store right now, and I am¬†allllll about it. Also, they remind me of when I studied abroad in London last summer. Not really because London has amazing peaches or anything, but my friends and I would always buy them from the little fruit and vegetable street vendors when we wanted a snack. Peaches bring me back, man.

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Land of the…peach?

LITTLE TO-DO NOTEBOOK

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I’m a to-do list freak. I write them all the time, usually on little pieces of scrap paper or Post-It Notes. I picked up this little notebook for like $2 at Target so I could keep all of my daily/weekly to-do lists and shopping lists in one place. I already have a weekly planner that I put all of my homework/when I’m working/when I have meetings and appointments, and this notebook is the perfect compliment to it. Organization FTW!

PROTEIN PANCAKES

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Still need to work on flipping them in once piece.

YUM. I love a good protein pancake for breakfast. I hadn’t had one in a while, but whipped this baby up on Tuesday morning and was reminded of their awesomeness. I use a recipe pretty similar to the Tone It Up recipe, but I use one whole egg instead of egg whites and a whole banana instead of just half. If I followed their recipe exactly, I don’t think I’d be totally full. On Tuesday, I threw some blueberries into the mix, and topped my pancake with a scoop o’ PB (word to the wise: maybe microwave the PB to heat it up a little before trying to spread it on the pancake…trust me on this).

Speaking of PB…

PEANUT BUTTER PORTION CONTROL

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If you’ve read any of my WIAW posts, you’ve probably noticed that I almost always have a spoonful of PB at the end of the day. I’m a little addicted, but it’s fine. The thing is, whenever I eat a spoonful, I usually end up eating a little more out of the jar, since it’s still open when I’m done. Recently, I’ve started putting the spoonful into a little dish, putting the jar away, and¬†then eating the PB. It’s definitely cut back on my “oh just a little more” that probably ends up being another whole serving once I’m actually done.

“THE HILLS” BY THE WEEKND

So you’ve probably heard this on the radio (and if you haven’t, you’ve¬†definitely¬†heard “Can’t Feel My Face,” also good). It’s my¬†jaaaaam.¬†It’s a little risque, but whenever it comes on I turn up the volume start groovin’. I’m sure people in the cars next to me think I’m a weirdo, but whatevs.

UNFAVORITE: DISCONTINUED WHOLE FOODS SOY PROTEIN POWDER & BIOCHEM WHEY PROTEIN POWDER

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Goodbye old friend, I hate you, new friend.

Okay, so the Whole Foods brand soy protein powder certainly was not the tastiest or least chalky protein powder around, but it was pretty cheap (like $13ish for this container), didn’t have a lot of weird ingredients, had like 24 grams of protein, and was totally fine and pretty much undetectable in a smoothie. Apparently, all good things must come to an end, and Whole Foods discontinued their soy protein powder. Cue sadness. I had to find a quick alternative that met the cheap and good¬†amount of protein requirements as I stood in the Whole Foods aisle. So after a solid 5 minutes of comparing different powders I settled on the Biochem Whey protein powder in vanilla. It was $20ish for the container, more than the Whole Foods brand, but less than many others, has 21 grams of protein, and a pretty short ingredient list. Sadly, it’s not great. It has this weird artificially sweet flavor that comes through in every smoothie I’ve made with it. It is sweetened with stevia, but I didn’t think that would be an issue since I use Truvia as a sweetener for many things. Maybe it’s not the stevia, but something else making it taste weird. Whatever the case may be, once I finish up the container of Biochem Whey protein, I will not be repurchasing it. Now, I just need to figure out what protein powder I¬†should purchase.

That does it for today! What are your long weekend plans? I’ll be working, but on Saturday I’m headed into Boston for a friend’s birthday, which should be a lot of fun!

Questions for you lovely humans:

1. What is your favorite fruit of the moment?

2. What protein powder would you recommend that meets the cheap/pretty good amount of protein/pretty short ingredient list requirements?¬†Seriously, I need all the help I can get! Totally open to ordering online if it’s not really sold in stores, too.

3. Are you a to-do list/planner person?

4. Current jam?

BYEEEEE

Julie